|Forum topic by BTimmons||posted 01-20-2012 05:28 PM||1179 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
01-20-2012 05:28 PM
My dad let me take this plane off his hands since he’s barely used it. 30 years or so mostly spent gathering dust. I guess it’s a #5? I’m pretty new at this, and I don’t even have a bench to use it on yet, anyway.
What I’ve read about planes so far has impressed upon me the importance of keeping the sole flat. It was pretty rusted and dirty on the bottom when I first got it. So after a quick blast of WD-40 to remove the surface rust, I took it to a sheet of 100 grit paper stretched over a scrap piece of polished granite counter top. After maybe 30 minutes of elbow grease. This is as flat as I can make it at this grit, it seems.
Look right at the mouth and you can see a pretty serious dish worn into the sole. It’s even more obvious looking at it face on. Apparently this is the area of the plane where flatness is most important, and it’s the one spot that’s really screwed up!
I don’t see a way to way to get this flat without some serious machinery that I lack. What do you guys and gals think? How would I go about flattening this, and is it even worth the effort or cost to do so?
-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com